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Mimulus puniceus ‘Torrey Pines’

 

Red Monkeyflower

KingdomPlantaePlants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae (from Stearn’s Botanical Latin)
SubkingdomTracheobiontaVascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients
DivisionMagnoliophytaFlowering plants, also known as angiosperms
ClassMagnoliopsidaDicotyledons—plants with two initial seed leaves
SubclassAsteridaeA large class that encompasses asters
OrderLamialesAromatic herbs and shrubs, including lavender, lilac, olive, jasmine, ash, teak, snapdragon, sesame, psyllium, garden sage, mint, basil, and rosemary
FamilyPhrymaceaeLopseed family
GenusMimulusFrom Greek mimō, “ape” (from the shape of the corolla); historically the genus was “Scrophulariaceae”
SpeciespuniceusLatin for “purple”
Cultivar‘Torrey Pines’For the Torrey Pines State Reserve (San Diego County, California, US)

About plant names...

This monkeyflower is a cultivar, not found in the wild. I was unable to find out why it is named after Torrey pines, but it is probably derived from Mimulus arantiacus var. puniceus, which is found at Torrey Pines State Park.

Identification: The flowers of this cultivar are red, about ¾" (2 cm) long. Plants are up to 4' (1.2 m) high, with sticky deep green leaves 1-2½" (3-7 cm) long.

Online References:

Mimulus puniceus ‘Torrey Pines’ on www.sdplantatlas.org

Mimulus puniceus ‘Torrey Pines’ on www.sdplantatlas.org

Mimulus puniceus ‘Torrey Pines’ on CalPhotos

Mimulus puniceus ‘Torrey Pines’ description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 16 Aug 2013.

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Mimulus puniceus (Red Monkeyflower)

2/24/2010 · San Diego (Quail) Botanic Garden, Encinitas, CA

Mimulus puniceus (Red Monkeyflower)

2/24/2010 · San Diego (Quail) Botanic Garden, Encinitas, CA

Range: Zones 7-10:

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